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Communities across the HKH are adapting to climate change impacts and are building their resilience to environmental and socioeconomic shocks.
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Enhanced resilience of women and men of the HKH to socioeconomic and environmental changes, including climate change
The HKH region is undergoing major transformations and facing persistent problems: increasingly diversified rural livelihoods, persistent rural poverty, and accelerating climate change-led environmental degradation. We work with mountain communities to adapt and transform in the face of these changes.
Although mountain livelihoods in the HKH are undergoing changes, these are incremental and not sufficient to enhance the resilience of mountain communities. We need to bring about transformative change – a change that will uplift and fortify HKH communities and build on their unique strengths.
We take a holistic approach to mountain development, keeping people at the core of all that we do. We seek to help mountain communities recognize and build resilience to threats to their way of life and effect transformative change in the region.
Our initiatives focus on mountain-specific issues and pilot innovative technologies and approaches to adaptation and resilience building, all the while integrating traditional knowledge and practices.
Read about how our unique approach to sustainable mountain development is helping lives across the region.
Events around the HKH
Based on the FAO’s approach of climate-smart agriculture, ICIMOD has developed the Climate Smart Village approach, which is customized for mountain areas. The approach equips communities with tools to improve their resilience to climate change and other changes and fosters sustainable development, particularly of agriculture.
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Our programmes are oriented towards integrating knowledge and turning research into action.